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USACE Preps Lake Okeechobee for Hurricane Season

It’s June, and it’s the start of hurricane season. State and local officials are in prep mode.

As part of its effort to manage rising water levels during the rainy season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee.

USACE started to releases water from Lake Okeechobee at 7 AM on June 1. The targeted flow will head right into the Caloosahatchee River.

Caloosahatchee River’s basin officials will monitor the flow and runoff.

Over the years it’s been reported, the water release from Lake Okeechobee is one of the reasons for algae blooms and red tide.

During its conference call on May 31, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps said it “has limited authority to address algae blooms,” but they are working closely with other agencies to address the problem.

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